First Job Led To Entrepreneurship, Family

Bradenton Herald:

Nathan Hoeksema hasn’t filled out a job application since he was 16.

It was the summer of 1993, and the Bradenton native was eager for his first job.

He applied at the Chick-fil-A at DeSoto Square mall, hoping for a chance to build a savings account.

Hoeksema not only did that — he also became one of the most successful franchisees among the Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A brand.

The store, of which Hoeksema became owner at age 23 in 2001, generated an estimated $1.13 million in sales last year.

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